Mastery in anything is difficult to achieve.
We all know that intuitively. But there’s something in human nature that pushes us to look for the easy way, the shortcut, the exception to that rule. Today’s guest is Srini Rao, a man who has discovered his path to mastery somewhat by accident and can attest to the fact that mastery by no means comes easily. In this conversation, you’ll get to hear how Srini has reached the levels of success he has – as an author and podcaster – and what he’s learned along the way. It’s a conversation you won’t want to miss.
If you’re at the beginning of your creative journey, where do you start?
The journey toward mastery is daunting from whatever part of your journey you view it. But especially when you’re starting out it can seem like an impossibility. If you are just getting started, how do you even know where to begin? On this episode of the podcast, Dane asks Srini that very question and he gets an answer that you might not expect. Be sure you take the time to listen to the wisdom of a man who has learned his lessons well. His creative spirit and enthusiasm for what can be accomplished by everyday people is quite inspiring.
Too often we let the past dictate our future.
It is not uncommon for all of us to think of the future in terms of the past. We think that since things have always gone a certain way, they will continue to go that way. We think that because we never had success in a certain realm or area we will not have success in that realm in the future. But today’s guest insists that we have to break out of that kind of thinking. The future has nothing to do with the past except that it is part of the same journey. The past does not dictate it, we dictate it by our choices and actions. You can hear this great conversation with Srini Rao, on this episode of Converge.
Children know what it’s like to live without impossibilities.
When Srini Rao was working with 7th graders he discovered that they don’t think with the limitations that most adults do. One of his students asked him if kangaroos could box simply because he had seen a kangaroo boxing on a cartoon. It caused Srini To realize that children have not yet been taught that certain things are not possible. As a result, they continue to assume that possibilities exist in almost every area of life. He believes that when adults can move back to that place of belief they will be able to set their sights higher and accomplish more than they ever dreamed, simply because they learn to dream again. This is a great conversation that you will want to hear.
On the journey to mastery don’t take yourself too seriously.
As we grow and develop, moving ever forward toward mastery, we can get to a place where every decision and every outcome seems like a crucial thing in our minds. We take ourselves too seriously and as a result don’t allow for the mistakes and missteps that are required to actually gain mastery. Srini Rao shares how he learned to relax and not take himself so seriously, on this episode. It’s a refreshing mindset, and in the high-pressure world of creativity and business, we would all do well to adopt it.
Outline of this great episode
- [1:04] Dane’s introduction to his guest, Srini Rao.
- [3:33] Srini’s story and how he got on the path he’s on now.
- [8:08] The right place to start if you’re at the beginning of your creative journey.
- [16:36] The role of possibility in our creative endeavors.
- [20:16] The surfing analogy throughout Srini’s book and what it means.
- [25:14] The negative things that happen when you take yourself too seriously.
- [27:58] When everything comes together for mastery.
- [34:14] The things Srini finds himself saying over and over to people in the fight.
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